Eagles Check Out Two Small-School Prospects
In this space, we’ve written plenty about some of the better-known names that could be on the Eagles’ radar come draft time.
But in a league where teams go to extraordinary lengths to find talent, it’s worth noting that the Birds are doing their due diligence on some small school prospects as well.
The first is an offensive lineman:
#Eagles are scheduled to work out G/T Laurent Duvernay-Tardif (McGill) today or Tuesday.
— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) April 7, 2014
Duvernay-Tardif (6-5, 321) played his college ball in Canada and started off as a 253-pound defensive lineman during his freshman year. He was up to 280 pounds as a sophomore and played both ways. Duvernay-Tardif was up to 305 as a junior and has experience playing both left and right tackle. He weighed 321 in January, but was down to 298 for his Pro Day in March.
Asked what questions he’s getting most from NFL teams, Duvernay-Tardif told SB Nation: “The question marks are about my game film. I think I was dominating on my game film, but the question mark is the competition I play against, so they don’t really know what the competition level in the CIS (Canadian Interuniversity Sport) is like. I think I have the attributes and the athleticism to play, but they’re not able to compare me to other players because they don’t know the level of my opponents. I understand that.”
Duvernay-Tardif is 23-years-old. According to NFL.com, he’s expected to be a third- or fourth-round pick.
The other prospect to keep an eye on played his college ball in-state:
Larry Webster upcoming visits include Philadelphia Eagles, NY Jets, NY Giants…San Diego Chargers a visit/workout combo for Webster…
— Tony Pauline (@TonyPauline) April 10, 2014
Webster was an edge rusher at Bloomsburg, but is getting looks at tight end in the NFL. The 6-6, 252-pounder tore up the combine in February:
In addition to his height, Webster has 33 1/2-inch arms and 10 1/2-inch hands. He ran a 4.58 at the combine and has a 36.5-inch vertical leap. Webster started on Bloomsburg’s basketball team for four seasons before deciding to return to football (which he played in high school). He set the school record with 175 blocked shots on the basketball court and had 26 sacks during his final two seasons on the football field.
Webster’s Dad played defensive line in the NFL for 11 seasons.
Webster projects as a fourth- or fifth-round pick, per NFL.com.